This week we turn our attention to the upcoming Venice Film Festival, discussing the just-announced opening film for 2014, and the recent history of openers at the festival, which include two Steven Spielberg films and a derranged noir effort from Brian DePalma. Change is on the horizon, as the World Cup is over and Pete is now a home owner, but he still couldn't pluck up the courage to experience Keira Knightley's vocal tones in John Carney's "Begin Again," leaving Cal all alone with some awkward preconceptions about Adam Levine. Meanwhile, we discuss animated Sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" becomes the longest review on the podcast since... Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," but did our lofty hopes for it get answered? Elsewhere, we talk about our personal experiences of open mic nights, and there's an epic preconception corner, featuring an infamous slur by John Wayne on Barry Norman, and a major sexual indiscretion by the Maroon 5 front-man concerning everyone's favourite tennis pro.
Opening Segment: Discussing the recent history of opening films at the Venice Film Festival, in the wake of the announcement that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" will open this year's event!
[4:00 - 24:50]
How to Train Your Dragon 2
[39:10 - 1:04:20]
Closing Segment: Our lengthy take on Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," featuring a small discussion of films founded upon gimmicks!
[1:04:25 - 1:24:10]
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, "When Your Mind's Made Up"